Sword assault in Lower Manhattan subway station sends people running

Panic erupted among commuters after a slashing with a sword, in a Lower Manhattan subway station.

The NYPD said it happened around 9:30 a.m. in a stairwell at the Chambers Street subway station on the A/C/E Line. The station is part of the World Trade Center transit hub complex.

Police said the violence started as a verbal argument between two men on a northbound A train as it approached the station.

"After both parties disembarked the train, the dispute turned physical when the individual struck the victim on the top of the head with a sword encased in its wooden sheath," the NYPD said in a release.

Although the sword's blade was not exposed, the scabbard caused a deep cut on the victim's head. EMS took him to a hospital in stable condition. He is expected to recover.


Police investigated an attack at a subway station in Lower Manhattan, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. (FOX 5 NY Photo)

The attacker remains on the loose. The only description police released is that he was wearing all-black clothing. Video police released Thursday evening shows a man wearing a black tracksuit, a ball cap, and mirrored sunglasses walking through a subway turnstile. He is holding what appears to be a long, narrow object, presumably the sword, the video shows.

New York City Police were not sure if it happened on a train or on the platform.

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One person at the scene said that people started sprinting out of a train when it got to the station.


Police personnel outside an entrance to the Chambers Street subway station, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022.